Boro lose to last-gasp victors Burton
Stevenage Boro 2 Burton Albion 3 THE stats of Saturday s game say everything. Last-gasp victors Burton raided Fortress Broadhall Way with 13 corners and 11 shots on target, most of which forced goalkeeper Alan Julian into spectacular action. Boro, in star
Stevenage Boro 2 Burton Albion 3
THE stats of Saturday's game say everything.
Last-gasp victors Burton raided Fortress Broadhall Way with 13 corners and 11 shots on target, most of which forced goalkeeper Alan Julian into spectacular action.
Boro, in stark contrast, forced just two corners and had only four efforts which tested out visiting number one Saul Deeney all afternoon.
Their two-goal lead at the break was undeserved and it was no real surprise when Burton netted twice to equalise, although their final deflected strike in added time was a true sickener.
There seemed little indication of the malaise to follow as Boro went ahead after six minutes following a well-worked free-kick.
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George Boyd feigned to shoot but instead released Adam Miller who crossed low for Dino Maamria to tap home.
Another midfielder, Ollie Berquez, nearly doubled the lead a minute later as his shot fizzed past the post.
Burton responded in positive manner and Julian had to be at his agile best to push over a Kris Taylor header and Chris Hall's cross-shot.
A spate of Burton corners maintained the pressure, although goalscorer Maamria provided some respite when he fired a shot just over.
Jon Shaw was the next Burton man to be thwarted by Julian, this time by his legs, on the half hour.
Boro were gifting possession far too easily at this stage but Boyd was heavily involved in their attempts to force a second.
First he could only get a toe-end on Ronnie Henry's cross following a great crossfield ball from Simon Weatherstone, who had replaced David Perpetuini.
Then Boyd's brilliance orchestrated a quick break which saw Henry shoot wide.
The second goal did arrive on the stroke of half time.
Berquez's piledriver poleaxed the unfortunate Darren Tinson on its way to earning Boro a corner.
More Boyd magic from the resulting kick enabled him to cross for Weatherstone whose shot was turned in by the gleeful Darryn Stamp.
Burton set about reversing the perceived injustice of being two goals down in the second 45 minutes which they largely dominated.
Julian kept out fine efforts from Hall and Shaw in the early stages.
Boro also threatened through Boyd (shot straight at the keeper) and Weatherstone (one just off target) but the balance of power was shifting.
The first Burton goal arrived just after the hour mark following a caution for Boro skipper Rob Quinn.
From the resulting free-kick, Taylor's good delivery was met by a flick header from Shaw which went in off a post.
Julian then denied Shaun Harrad before substitute Jon Nurse offered Boro's last threat of the match moments after coming on as he curled an effort wide.
Deeney became a virtual spectator while the pressure on the Boro goal increased as Hall and Darren Stride were the latest to be denied by Julian.
The equaliser duly arrived 13 minutes from time when another Taylor free-kick, awarded for Henry's handball, saw Aaron Webster head home.
Jefferson Louis replaced Miller but it still looked more likely that the visitors would nick it.
So it proved in the third minute of added time when sub Christian Moore evaded the challenge of Luke Oliver and his shot took a wicked deflection off Quinn to give Julian no chance as it nestled in the corner of his net.
It was tough luck on Julian but not on Boro whose disjointed display will have done little to inspire the home faithful.